Stumpy’s Hatchet House closing its doors Sunday after Dickinson Avenue project construction causes significant revenue hit

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -It’s been several months since construction began on a busy Greenville street, but road closures and detours designed to help people avoid the work zone area while still enjoying businesses has been a challenge.

Many have heard the saying all great things must come to an end, but that’s now the reality for Brandon Qualls and those at Stumpy’s Hatchet House on Dickinson Avenue in Greenville as they’ll soon be closing their doors.

“If the lease hadn’t run out, we might’ve stuck it through but for me, I’m like look the lease is over and road is still going on,” Qualls said. “Kind of a risk or reward thing.”

Qualls says although Stumpy’s is a beloved downtown business known for its axe throwing they’ve seen about a 50% decrease in revenue over the past few months since construction began for the Dickinson Avenue project, which lead to the tough decision to close.

“That’s a big blow to a business,” Qualls said. “For business since wise I wasn’t confident resigning a lease in this area right now, with all this road construction going on.”

Barricades and different signage are displayed along the street so residents avoid the work zone area, but Qualls says that’s made it harder for people to get to Stumpy’s.

NCDOT says construction is slated to continue in different sections of Dickinson Avenue for the foreseeable future, however Qualls is ready to combat any potential issues that arise for other business like his restaurant Ford+Shep.

“We’re going to do the best we can to try and hold on,” Qualls said. “Pray for the rest of us down here that we make it through.”

Qualls says Stumpy’s last day of operation will be this Sunday and there will be a yard sale to follow next Wednesday June 26th through next Saturday June 29th.

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